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As well as being part of our admissions process, the interview day is a great opportunity for you to visit us on campus, find out more about our facilities, and meet staff and current students.

Your portfolio

You will need to submit a portfolio of your artwork along with your application. This is a vital part of your assessment. 


A portfolio is a collection of your work that shows how your skills and ideas have developed over a period of time. It should demonstrate your creativity, personality, abilities and commitment, and helps us to evaluate your potential.

Portfolio tips

  • We are particularly interested in your most recent work –  even if it is unfinished – and work you have produced independently and in your own time. 
  • Take time with your selection when putting the portfolio together. Do not include everything you have ever done, but a good, clear selection that represents your abilities – the quality of the work is more important than the quantity.
  • Demonstrate your personal interest.
  • Show your technical skills.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of contemporary practice.
  • Keep your portfolio up to date – don't include old work. 

Portfolio requirements – UK-based applicants

Students based in the UK are invited to attend an interview with actual examples of their work:


  • Your portfolio should consist of your recent artwork including current – perhaps unfinished – pieces.
  • We would like to see some images of your sketchbook pages, worksheets and drawings.
  • Large 2- or 3-dimensional work should be photographed. You can upload videos online, and send a link or include an MPG 4 video clip.
  • Bring short examples of audiovisual work such as videos or sound works on a USB stick, and/or bring a link to online video uploads.
  • Please supply title, media, date and dimensions of each piece.
  • Your portfolio should demonstrate your ability to research through meaningful investigation. Please include reference materials and show your arguments to justify the result.

Portfolio requirements – overseas applicants

Students applying from overseas have the option of submitting a digital portfolio if they are not able to attend in person:


  • Please ensure that the overall file size is no greater than 20MB.
  • All portfolio images should be arranged into one, single PowerPoint or PDF file, and not as separate files/folders.
  • Individual images imported into PowerPoint or PDF files should be no larger than 1024 x 768 pixels.
  • You can also email a link to your online portfolio if you have one.
  • Please ensure that all images are clearly captioned with name of artist (including yourself), title of work, media, date and dimensions of each piece, and any other relevant information, such as work in progress or preparatory sketch.
  • Please provide up to 20 images.

Interview days

Applicants applying by the January deadline for BA Fine Art and all our joint programmes will be called for an interview to which you should bring your portfolio. Non UK mainland students are not required to attend an interview, but are asked to send their digital documentation of their work along with an accompanying statement. 

On the interview day

A typical interview day includes an introductory talk about Reading School of Art and its programmes from our Head of Department, a presentation by one of our finalist students, a tour of Reading School of Art, and an interview with academic staff.

Your interview

The aim of the interview is to establish which programme is right for you. It provides an opportunity for you to show your work, discuss your ideas, enthusiasms and ambitions with members of staff, and to ask questions about the programmes. 

How to prepare

The interviewers will want to discuss your work with you. You will be asked about recent exhibitions you have seen and contemporary artists that are important to you. The panel may also want to hear about your other interests and how they have influenced your thinking.